December 2, 2020
Salvation Army volunteer bell ringers help raise money for the important work done by the group, often using their musical talents to draw a happy Christmas crowd. In Pocatello, Brian Martin is one such worker who was inspired to go a step further, wearing a Victorian costume while singing Christmas music.
“I started bell ringing last year,” said Martin, and “I had the sudden inspiration to wear one of the Victorian outfits I have and sing Christmas carols. I had a ball doing it, and it was so well received that I signed up for twice a week for the rest of the season. It was such a wonderful experience that I couldn’t wait for this year to do it again.”
Martin enjoys meeting people as he performs, and is happy for the chance to brighten someone’s day. Martin shared, “The wonderful thing that happens is that people who may be dealing with some difficulty see me there, having a joyous time dressed for the season and singing away, and it uplifts them and fills their heart with the Spirit.”
Another thing Martin enjoys about the experience is seeing parents use the opportunity to teach their children. “Many parents teach their little children the joy of giving by handing them a handful of coins for them to slip into the kettle’s slot,” he said.
Martin prefers the jazzy upbeat Christmas tunes to sing when he performs. He can be found ringing the bell at the entrance to Fred Meyer every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until noon.
The Salvation Army – Pocatello, needs additional bell ringers. If you would like to be a part of this Christmas tradition, contact the local Post as indicated on the flyer, below. Click on the flyer to go to the Salvation Army – Pocatello’s Facebook page.